27 July 2015


Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. 
~Alan Watts

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24 July 2015

Deepak Chopra Quote and Taco Casserole

 I made a taco casserole this week. It turned out really good. Just did my own thing, no recipe. I cooked hamburger, added taco seasoning to it. Stirred in some onion, green peppers and re-fried beans. Added it on top of some tortilla chips, topped it with cheese, backed it until hot and bubbly. After taking it out of the over, I topped it with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives and more cheese. For topping we added sour cream, salsa and chopped avocado.

I wanted to make guacamole but the avocado was not ripe enough. 
Turned out delicious, and was so easy.

 photos by spbm

22 July 2015

Our Story is...

It's been a rough couple of weeks, not feeling well and a lot of stuff going on. Trying to get a lot of things listed to make enough to get myself a new washer. David has replaced everything on the washer that anyone thinks could be the problem, still not working.

I have been going to the laundry mat and it is definitely not a fun thing to do, and it is quite expensive. They have certainly covered all corners, it charges more for warm water, and more again if you use hot water. :)

I'm determined to get a front loader this time around. I had a front loader the ten years I lived in Germany and love it. Uses less water, gets clothes cleaner, and much easier on your clothes.                                          

It has been many years since I have done laundry at the laundry mat. I just do not want to get comfortable with doing this every week.

photos by spbm

David hanging out with me at the laundry mat.

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Wearing some of the boho jewelry I've made. The carved tiki necklace was carved by David. It is probably my most prized piece.

I have been making quite a bit of macrame stuff. I made these two plant hangers with a plastic twine. I just love them. They would be perfect on a porch or sun room.

How true it is - our story is what we have, the only true and real thing we own.

08 July 2015

One Of The Weird Ones

While looking at this chair (which I love and adore, btw!) I started thinking about an experience I had last week.  I love this chair, the imperfections make it perfect and beautiful! And I love making things, especially quilts that have odds and ends, where nothing matches but it all comes together perfectly to create a beautiful masterpiece. It's the way I like to decorate also, mixing and matching interesting and unique items and pieces that others would never imagine. There is nothing I find so uninteresting as walking into a house that looks
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it should be in a furniture showroom - I find it generic and void of spirit.

On to my story...Last week I found out just how the people you think will stick with you, and not be so judgmental are not really those kind of people at all. They may even be more judgmental thank anyone else. The saddest part of all, they really know nothing of you or your life. The trials and tribulations you endure on a day-to-day basis, and sometimes hour-to-hour and minute-by-minute. When they would rather see you alone and empty than have a friend who is there when you are falling apart and have no one else to call or rely on when your world is collapsing all around you.

I've learned a lot this past week.

And I reaffirmed what I have always believed and known of myself, I do not admire plastic and pretentious people.

I do not fit into anyone's narrow and shallow square box. I have no intentions of trying to do so. I am ME, trying to find a reason to get out of bed every morning and put one foot in front of the others. And finding those reasons these days are hard to find... And getting harder every day. I am tired of trying to find the money to buy meds, trying to find money to fix the car, the hot water heater, the broken washer, etc. This week I have given up getting my meds this month in order to buy David's. I can already tell a big difference after two days of no meds, I'm having trouble walking and barely bend any of my fingers.

I apologize for this post. I'm just so very tired and ill right now, and I'm hoping writing it out will help.

The Stars In Spring, Epic 45

25 June 2015

Perfect Weeknight Dish

A bit excited and a bit fearful, I leave tomorrow, driving to North Carolina. It is my first trip since my surgery last August and my diagnoses. My mind keeps bringing up all the what if's, but I'm trying to remove them with positive thoughts. My daughter wanted us to fly, but I was not comfortable with flying just yet. I need to feel like I can get horizontal if I need to. Plus, I cannot be without my water for more than a minute, and I am afraid they would take it from me and there I would be. Besides, the drive may be fun. 

On a yummy note, I made a dish last night that will be made many times this summer it is so delicious. It is simple and you can make it quickly. The tastes just kept taking us back in time to our trips in Italy. I did not measure my ingredients, it's the rebel in me I guess. :) But I think I came pretty close to the measurements in the recipe. 

All above photos by spbm

Do yourself a favor and try this. You will be glad you did. 
I am posting the link to the blog where 
I found the recipe. 

You can find the recipe here.

And while you are at it, check out this beautiful food blog, Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs, it is eye candy with great recipes. You will be glad you did. 


Thought for the day:

Some changes happen deep down inside of you. 
And the truth is, only you know about them.
~ Judy Blume

21 June 2015


I made the cutest macrame hanging light this weekend. After seeing one on Pinterest I wanted to make one for myself and my daughters. It is so adorable I am going to offer them for sale in my Etsy shop. When I saw the photo of this my first thought was, this will work up fast. Wrong. So wrong. It took forever and a day; and my fingers and arms were so darn sore I could hardly pick up my coffee cup the next morning. I still have to get another finished before this weekend to take them to my daughters. Mine will have to wait, as always. :) 

Leave me a comment if you are interested in purchasing one. I can make it any length, the one below is twelve feet.

 Above photos by spbm

And here is a photos of the one from Pinterest>>>>>>>>>Link 

I'm also making some plant hangers to put on Etsy. But if you would like to purchase one directly from me, please leave a comment. 
Here is a couple that I this week.

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I am going to try and sell enough stuff to buy myself a used car. I cannot do payments these days, not with all the meds I'm having buy. 
I want to try and get a used VW Bug. I think I can find one for less than $5,000.00 that would be decent and still running. I would be happy getting a vintage one, but they are running around 8-10 thousand for a decent one. And then there is the problem of keeping it running. David is not able to do the work on a car that might be needed for a used vintage car. 
So please send any good vibes my way regarding this matter.
Thanks. :) 

I found this one on Craigslist for $4,700. Unless the Universe is really on top of things, I don't see being able to get this one, but it is a good visual.

17 June 2015

June Treats

                     photo by spbm

I'm really into making my own iced coffee these days. It is so much better and so easy to make. I just make a strong coffee and put it in the fridge to get cold, then add whatever kind of milk you prefer.

Haven't been doing much outside, we've had so much rain I need to invest in a boat. 

I'll be driving to NC next weekend to see my kiddos. So very excited about seeing them and the trip. It's going to be so nice to have some time away and be with my kids. I'll be making Dutch Baby Pancakes every morning, they love them and what they always want for breakfast. 

I made some this morning after seeing a recipe for them with cherries and almonds. I think I have made them with every fruit available but did add the almonds and they are delicious. The fun thing about making these is that if you have individual skillets or pans, you can make each individual one with a different fruit, or plain. 

photos by spbm

The blog where I got the idea to add the almonds is here, but I used my own dutch baby recipe. They are all pretty similar. The one I have used for years has never failed me, so why change a good thing.

31 May 2015


We get lost in between the gaps...